any children

sunrise13

Member
French
Could you tell me if there's a difference between those two questions asked to a a woman about her children :
" Have you got any children ? " and " Have you got children ? "
Thanks
 
  • quillerbee

    Senior Member
    Canadian English
    Hi sunrise, I sometimes hear "got" in BE, so it may be fine, but I am not comfortable with it. In a formal situation, I would say politely, "Do you have any children?" but in a casual situation, I would say "Do you have kids?"
     

    JoyLo

    Member
    English
    Of the two examples you give, I think that "Have you got any children" is more correct. However, Quillerbee is right, it is more polite to say "Do you have any children?"
     

    natkretep

    Moderato con anima (English Only)
    English (Singapore/UK), basic Chinese
    I am comfortable with the have you got construction; do you have sounds more formal. I agree with JoyLo that any children is more 'correct', but I think I am more likely to say, 'Have you got children?' because it sounds more casual and less emphatic than 'Have you got any children?'
     

    sunrise13

    Member
    French
    Hi sunrise, I sometimes hear "got" in BE, so it may be fine, but I am not comfortable with it. In a formal situation, I would say politely, "Do you have any children?" but in a casual situation, I would say "Do you have kids?"

    thanks a lot
     

    Myridon

    Senior Member
    English - US
    It seems to me that the "any children" forms would tend to generate a more detailed response.
    Do you have children?
    Yes.
    Do you have any children?
    Yes, I have three - two boys and a girl.
     
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